The Secret to Soul Composure

Michael Beck

“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” (Habakkuk 2:1)

Prayer is the greatest deterrent to hastiness of spirit. Lifting our soul up to God checks us from being lifted up in ourselves to speak or act unwisely. When we pray we “pump the brakes” on impetuosity.

Christ said we should “pray always.” (Luke 18:1) Paul wrote that we should “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes. 5:17) Each day has its full of jarring events. What we see and hear disturbs our spirit. Reactions are automatic; responses are chosen. Are we given over to our emotions, or are we given to prayer?

What Habakkuk saw greatly disturbed him. How, he thought, could God stand to look at what he was seeing? “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?” (Hab. 1:13) How could God hold His tongue at the sight of so much wrong? No doubt, the prophet was ready to let loose with his tongue. But then he chose a better response: he would go to God before he went to men. Oh what insight, what revelation he was then given! Taking his troubled heart to God made all the difference. His soul could return to its rest.

Pray always – not only to effect a change in the circumstances that surround you, but to gain a composure of soul that only God can give.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.